‘Pedophile, 22, and his 12-year-old rape victim cooked and ate brains of man who took them in’
Suspected ‘paedophile cannibal’ has been detained in St. Petersburg, Russia, accused of axing a 21-year-old man to death then cooking and eating his body parts
22-year-old Russian man, Arkady Zverev, is accused of murdering a 21-year-old host in his home,
Detained with him was a 12-year-old schoolgirl, only identified as ‘Valeria’ who is accused of taking part in the murder and dismembering of the body
Remains of Alexander Popovich found in his home, 60 miles from St Petersburg, – his head was found in the oven, and pair said they had ‘cooked his brains’
Zverev has admitted to killing Popovich, and confessed to having a sexual relationship with the 12-year-old runaway who had been reported missing by her parents 10 days earlier, 1,500 miles away in Sochi
The male suspect faces charges of murder and dismembering the body, with a maximum 15 years in jail
Police say he was also be tried for having sex with an underage child, which carries a further maximum sentence of 10 years in prison
The 12-year-old accomplice is under the age of criminal responsibility in Russia, she’s been put into care at the Centre for Underage Criminals of St Petersburg
Masked photo shows the 12-year-old [Valeria, the girl accused of partnering her 22-year-old lover, Arkady Zverev, and the pair allegedly murdered, dismembered and tried to eat their host Alexander Popovich
Arkady Zverev, 22, has admitted to killing Popovich, and confessed to having a sexual relationship with the underage girl
A suspected ‘paedophile cannibal’ has been detained in Russia accused of axing a 21-year-old man to death then cooking and eating his body parts.
Detained with him was a 12-year-old girl, who is accused of taking part in the murder and dismembering of the body.
Video released by Russian Investigation Committee of the crime scene
22-year-old Arkady Zverev admitted a sexual relationship with the 12-year-old girl, who he described as his ‘girlfriend’, potentially a victim of online grooming.
She had been reported missing by her parents ten days earlier in her home city of Sochi some 1,500 miles away, say police.
She was detained alongside Zverev, who also admitted killing Popovich, and confessed to a sexual relationship with the underage girl.
The 12-year-old child told officers she had stabbed the man who took them in as lodgers in his apartment, after he went to bed.
Leningrad based news agency 47news.ru, quotes Valeria as admitting that she then opened the victim’s abdomen with a knife because she ‘always wanted to see what was inside there’, according to law enforcement officers.
Next she says she cut meat out of his chest which she fried, and Zverev used an axe to behead their victim, and chop off his arms.
She put his severed head in the microwave oven in the ground floor flat, Zverev claimed.
It is unknown how and where she met the axeman but she posted a message on her social media saying: ‘I love one stalker.
‘I won’t give him away to anyone, he is only mine. I do not need anybody else.’
A report in the macabre killing by Russian police stated: ‘A man and an underage girl are suspected of the cruel murder and dismembering a 21-year-old citizen of Novinka village of Leningrad region.
‘The investigators are also checking the information about suspects eating body parts of the killed man.’
The man and girl told police: ‘There was nothing else to eat.’
Police said the man had been beheaded and his arms were cut off.
Axe wounds were visible on his chest and parts of his heart and abdominal organs had been removed. An axe was found near the body.
‘The contents of the frying pan did not look like the fresh meat found at a supermarket,’ said one officer.
The pair who had been living with the victim in his apartment as renters, were detained after they tried to set the flat on fire, according to police.
The 12-year-old female accomplice, [caught here on CCTV], officials said looks more mature than her age would suggest. She has been taken into care and placed at an institution called Centre for Underage Criminals of St Petersburg
Neighbours saw smoke then the alleged killers climbing out of a window of the flat in a wooden village house.
The victim’s brother said: ‘I climbed inside through a window.
‘It was a mess there, as if the apartment had been robbed. Then I saw something covered with a blanket and in blood.
‘I did not know it was him, I rushed out. I was in panic. My only thought was – please don’t let it be him.
‘I called a neighbour, and he forced open the door. With two neighbours, a man and a woman, we got inside. I immediately understood that it was my brother there.’
The suspected pedophile killer admitted to police that the 12-year-old was his ‘girlfriend’ and he admitted they had sexual relations.
He faces charges of murder and dismembering the body, with a maximum 15 years in jail. Authorities say he will also be tried for having sex with an underage child, which carries a further ten-year maximum sentence.
The 12-year-old accomplice is under the age of criminal responsibility in Russia. She has been put into care at the Centre for Underage Criminals of St Petersburg, a juvenile reform institution.